In a video recently posted on line, we see yet another aspect of “Post-Racial America,” an African-American man who seems to have been stopped in Pontiac, Michigan simply for walking in the cold with hands in his pockets. B. Mckean, the poster of the video, provided no context aside from that “Walking in the cold is suspicious.”
The context, however, is provided by the officer himself. “You were walking by…and you were making people nervous,” the officer explained. “They said you had your hands in your pockets.” As the man began recording his encounter, the officer pulled out his phone and also began recording.
“Wow, walking by and having your hands in your pockets makes people nervous and call the police when it’s snowing outside?” Mckean asked.
The officer, attempting to sound casual about his decision to harass a man simply for walking down the street, asked if it was an “inconvenience” to talk to him. “Hell yeah,” responded Mckean, noting that there are a good number of people who walk down the street with hands in their pockets.
“You’re right, but we do have a lot of robberies,” the officer responded. “So I’m just checking on you.”
Watch the encounter, below:
h/t: Crooks and Liars